Agents Encouraged to Reply to Government tenancy Consultation

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Letting agents and property professionals have been encouraged to respond to the government’s consultation on longer tenancies.

Payprop is encouraging agents to be heard, stating that their agents’ input could be vital in shaping future proposals for the new tenancy framework. Should the new proposals be introduced there would be new rules on notice for leaving a tenancy which will be possible only if the landlord has ‘reasonable’ grounds. There has also been talk of plans to limit rent rises to just once a year.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said that a rise in families remaining in the buy to let sector mean that there is a growing need for ‘longer, more secure tenancies in comparison to the minimum six months offered by the assured shorthold tenancy regime.

The consultation will discuss the pros and cons of introducing a three-year minimum tenancy with a six-month break clause.

Chief operating officer of PayProp UK, Neil Cobbold, said: ‘Letting agents who want to have their say on the government’s plans to introduce longer tenancies don’t have long to respond to the consultation, as it closes on August 26. Consultations are designed to give important stakeholders a voice in shaping future legislation. For something as significant as overhauling the current structure of tenancies, the more agent and landlord feedback received by the government, the better.’

He continued: ‘Dealing with new tenancies and renewals on a regular basis means letting agents are well placed to provide feedback on typical tenancy lengths and any potential issues or unintended consequences with longer minimum tenancy agreements. Agents also speak daily to landlords and tenants so they will be able to provide useful insight into the consumer reaction to these proposals and whether longer tenancies are something landlords and tenants are keen to see introduced. These proposals would represent a significant change in processes for letting agents and landlords operating in England.’